From The Gazette

Hudson

Piacente takes over as mayor

She got the job no one else wanted, but Diane Piacente said she’s excited to be Hudson’s interim mayor.

She’s so excited that she intends to run to be permanent mayor in the Nov. 3 election.

Piacente was voted in as interim mayor last week, when she was the only one of five councillors who decided to take the job. She will officially be sworn in at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

“It’s a passion for me,” Piacente said. “And we’re on the way to making the town of Hudson more efficient, and putting the town back on the rails. I think it’s a great opportunity to start fresh.”

Though she will only serve for four months, she’ll be very busy, as town employees are under investigation for fraud, and 315 residents were found to be delinquent on their taxes to the tune of $1.2 million.

Piacente said since news of the tax-collection deficit broke, several residents have come forward to pay their taxes.

“I know not a lot of people wanted the job because it is stressful, especially in a time like this. This is a big crisis in the town, but it’s nothing that can’t be corrected.”

Fellow councillor Robert Spencer said he thinks Piacente will do a good job.

“Our main focus is cleaning up town hall,” he said. “Diane is as committed as anyone else on council to continue with that work.”

The previous mayor, Michael Elliott, resigned on June 18 because he said he couldn’t handle the stress of managing a town in crisis, as he has recently undergone open-heart surgery.

Another councillor has said he will also not seek another term because of the scandal that has engulfed the town.

“This is it for me,” said Jacques Nadeau. “There are a lot of challenges, but I don’t like to be second-guessed all the time. People are questioning our decisions all the time. It’s annoying.”

Other councillors who reportedly won’t seek re-election are Madeleine Hodgson and Louis Thifault.

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One comment

  1. Congratulations Madame Mayor, you will do a great job; you are honest, trustworthy, hardworking and not afraid of challenges. While others around you “fall” you stand tall. True grit! Go girl go.

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